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Dog-O-Lanterns Are the Trendiest Pumpkin Decorations Yet

Andy Manoloff

This year, celebrate Halloween by honoring your pooch with his or her very own pumpkin portrait, or as the cool kids say, a dog-o-lantern. A dog-o-lantern is literally what it sounds like —it’s a pumpkin with a carving of your pup’s face on it.

One particular dog-o-lantern making headlines is Pomeranian owner Andy Manoloff’s majestic carving of his pup Sophie. Using a Xacto knife (available on Amazon for $6), Manoloff transformed a plump pumpkin into a realistic portrait of his precious Pomeranian.

"I did a drawing of Sophie a few years back that I really liked,” Manoloff said. “I was trying to think of something fun and different for this year, since I usually do pumpkins of superheroes — I've previously done Iron Man, Batman, Spiderman, Optimus Prime, Rocket and Groot, etc.—and I thought, I have this great image of Sophie and I thought it could make a really neat, fun pumpkin. So, I did it and I posted the photo with her to Reddit and it sort of blew up from there.”

Don’t let Manoloff’s dog-o-lantern intimidate you; even a novice can create a picturesque dog-o-lantern. Here are a few creative ones we couldn’t help but share.

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